They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. It can also be the scene of some horrific accidents if proper steps aren’t taken to prevent this from being the case. It’s good to know that common sense can go a long way in preventing many of the most common accidents from taking place. We’ve provided some tips below on how to start preventing kitchen accidents in your home, not to mention in kitchen environments at work.
The first rule of good kitchen safety is to keep everything clean and tidy. Spillages on the floor that are ignored or forgotten can easily cause someone to slip and fall. Additionally, anything that could make a tripping hazard can also be quite dangerous. With kitchen units and other items in situ for you to potentially bang your head on, it makes sense not to fall in the first place.
Minimise the distractions
When you are distracted you don’t have your full attention on the task at hand. If you are chopping up food at the time, or handling hot items, it is very easy to hurt yourself. Young children should be kept out of the kitchen during food preparation times, as they can all too easily be injured.
Keeping work surfaces and other similar areas clean and free from the build-up of grease and so on is also very important. If this doesn’t happen, you can end up causing a fire without much provocation. Fires can spread very easily in the kitchen when given half a chance – so make sure that half-chance doesn’t occur.
Preventing kitchen accidents means preventing scalds and burns too
Do everything you can to ensure there is little chance of anyone being scalded or burned while in the kitchen. Never leave saucepan handles overhanging the worktop, or positioned over a hob that is in use. Be very careful if you leave anything unattended too. It could easily mean you end up with burned food or a dry saucepan that could be damaged and create a fire hazard.
There are times when you can be injured in a kitchen and it wasn’t your fault. If you are at work for example, your employer has a duty of care to provide a safe environment. This includes a work kitchen if there is one. If you’ve been hurt, and you want to know whether you could put in a no win, no fee claim, call 0800 689 0500 so you can speak with someone working at Accident Advice Helpline.